A Day's Walk With The Lord
A DAYS WALK WITH THE LORD
By James L. Thornton
Acts 20:13. "And we went before to ship, and sailed unto Assos, there intending to take in Paul: for so had he appointed, minding himself to go afoot.
14. And when he met us at Assos, we took him in, and came to Mitylene."
This scripture is telling us that Paul sent his traveling companions on ahead of him to the next city on the seacoast and he chose to walk the seventeen miles, by himself along the seacoast, rather than ride the ship.
The verses just previous to the ones we read tells us that Paul had been up all night the night before preaching to those who had gathered to hear him.
His human frame must have been tired,
Wearied from lack of sleep,
Crying out for rest,
Yet Paul chose to walk rather than ride the ship.
For Several Months This Scripture Intrigued Me.
I felt it had a great meaning.
I looked at it from many angles, finally God gave me the answer I was looking for.
Luke, the author of Acts, has reduced this part of the story of Paul to only an outline of geographical fact.
Mentioning a few fellow travelers (Acts 20:4), and a human interest story of Eutychus falling out of an upper floor killing himself, and Paul falling upon him praying, and God restored life to him. (Acts 20:9-10)
He also tells of a very moving sermon Paul delivered to the Ephesian elders (Acts 20: 18-38).
An outline map of geographical locations can never tell the whole story of a man's life.
Keep a record of all the daily engagements and appointments of a person, All the comings and goings, You still have no indication of the real drama of what is going on inside him.
Suppose the last month of the life of Jesus was reduced to just geographical terms.
He left Galilee and went to Bethany,
He left Bethany and went to Ephraim,
From Ephraim He went to Jericho,
From Jericho He went to Jerusalem,
He left Jerusalem and went to a hill called Calvary just outside the city walls.
Every detail is accurate,
Yet they tell us nothing about the story of redemption.
No one can tell from the details which are given in the first fourteen verses of the twentieth chapter of Acts what is going on in the mind of Paul.
Not mentioned is the fact that Paul had been collecting money for the poor saints at Jerusalem (Acts 16:1-3), all throughout the regions of Greece and Macedonia.
Nothing is said of the trouble that was brewing in the church at Corinth, which weighted heavily upon Paul.
There was trouble on every side, dangerous, threatening conditions (Acts 15: 14:19; 16:23; 18:12; 20:3, 22-23).
But read the first verse of Acts chapter twenty after Paul's life had been threatened in the city of Ephesus.
Acts 20:1 "And after the uproar was ceased, Paul called unto him the Disciples, and embraced them (encouraged them), and departed for to go into Macedonia."
Nothing is said about the fact that during this three month period of time Paul wrote the epistle of Romans, possibly the greatest of his writings.
So this outline must be filled in with tears (2 Corinthians 2:4), and trials.
Tears of an Apostle,
What weight they must have carried in heaven,
What value to the human race,
More precious than gold,
Jewels which helped to pay the price for our Christian Heritage.
We find on one occasion Paul pours his heart out about his persecutions and sufferings (2 Corinthians 11:23-33).
Paul was not one to run from adversity, but was ready to meet it head on, and let God get the glory.
Acts 20:24 "But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.
25. And now, behold, I know that ye all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, shall see my face no more
26. Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. (KJV)
But I believe that every Christian was born for adversity.
We cannot escape the fact that we must fight the good fight of faith,
We must battle adversity.
We can never turn our backs on the enemy,
We must meet him head on.
There is a bird in a tropical land which has a form so graceful,
With feathers so brilliant (all the colors of the rainbow).
It seemed too bright and beautiful a creature to be part of this sinful earth.
Some supposing it to belong to the glory lost in Eden that they named it
The bird of paradise.
We are told by those who have observed it that it never flies with the wind.
When it is compelled to fly with the wind (by fright) its gorgeous plumes become disordered, torn by the favoring breeze.
Soon the beautiful bird,
With all the colors of heaven becomes wearied,
Beaten down to earth,
It's beautiful feathers trailing in the dust.
But then again let it mount the wing,
Facing the rushing wind,
Soon the dust is swept away from the soiled plume.
It recovers its gorgeous shape,
And graceful motion,
And ascends, with unwearied flight, on its way to safety.
When the Christian begins to drift with the tide,
Go along with the current,
Or fly with the wind so to speak,
They lose something of the glory god has ordained us with.
Be strong in battle, wrestle for the blessings,
Let us go even though we have to go against the forces of evil,
And you will be strengthened in the inner man.
Now let us turn our minds back to the Apostle Paul on that day we read about in the beginning of our article.
The sun was setting on one of the most magnificent Ministers of all time.
Behind Him Lay Three Missionary Journeys,
Fifteen long years of preaching,
And establishing churches.
Before him lay the darkest period of his life.
Resentment had built up against him among his own countrymen. (2 Corinthians 11:26)
The Spirit had witnessed to him that,
"Bonds and imprisonment awaited him at Jerusalem." (Acts 20:22-23)
He was wondering what he should do.
Do I go and surrender to it?
Do I stay and save myself more humiliation and suffering?
Now Paul needed, and must have, inner peace and resolve, Which only a solitary period with God can give.
A Day's Walk With God.
So after an all-night's meeting in Troas (Acts 20:11),
Paul arranged for his companions to go by ship (v.13),
And he started out alone to walk to the next port on the sea.
It was an early spring morning,
The birds were singing,
The trees were in full bloom,
The ocean on his right,
The rocky heights on his left,
With many streams to ford.
What a day to walk with God!
Paul pausing many times looking out across The sea, praying prayers no human heard.
God has been answering them for the last 1,951 Years.
It was a season of quiet communion with God.
it was a time which Paul, no doubt,
Cherished as he looked back over it the next 6 years.
When evening came Paul boarded the ship (v.14) and sailed
With that inner peace and resolve he had sought from God.
After that day Paul was always ready to face into the storm. (Acts:20:24)
He was rejected by his countrymen (Acts 21:30-31),
Imprisoned (Colossians 4:17), no doubt for the rest of his life,
Finally martyred by Nero. (2 Timothy 4:6-8).
This Was Prompted By A Days Walk With God.
Hope you enjoyed reading this article about a day in the life of the Apostle Paul.
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